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Feb
1

Ontario Health Coalition and Ontario Federation of Labour Call Leaked Draft Health Care Legislation a “Gargantuan Nightmare Scenario”; Join Forces for Major Fightback

(TORONTO, ON) – Calling it a “bombshell”: the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Federation of Labour responded to a leaked document revealing a draft health care legislation written by the Ford government in secret that would create a “super agency” with extraordinary powers to restructure Ontario’s entire health care system. The Ontario NDP opened…

Feb
1

New history series launched for African Liberation and Black History Month: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism

Download the poster The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching a new series: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations…

Jan
17

OFL Statement on Publicly Funded Education in Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining the call of education unions in Ontario to support and properly fund Ontario’s public education systems. Education has the power to define and change a person’s life. The hard work and dedication of educators and support staff and their ability to shape the minds of our…

Jan
11

Message to Doug Ford: Ontarians want strong public health care, not privatization

Any moves by the Ford government to privatize health care in Ontario would be a disaster for this province. Unless our government improves publicly funded and delivered health care, they are condemning Ontarians to painful choices when they are at their most vulnerable. “Doug Ford has consistently undermined protections for Ontarians including the right to…

Jan
5

OFL to Ford Government: Take immediate action to end the practice of carding

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) urges the Doug Ford government to take immediate action on the clear recommendation of Justice Michael Tulloch to put an end to the practice of arbitrary or “random” carding. Justice Tulloch confirmed what community and labour organizations have stated for years. The impacts of arbitrary police carding are felt…

Dec
17

Ford is trampling workers’ rights again with back-to-work legislation, says OFL

Ontarians should be deeply concerned at the speed and the manner with which the Ford government brushes away Charter rights by using back-to-work legislation, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of all Canadians. “Charter rights must be upheld in all cases, they are fundamental to democracy,”…

Dec
12

2018 – The Year in Review

It’s been a busy year that took Ontario workers from the implementation of Bill 148 which brought improvements in workplace and labour laws and a $14 minimum wage, to a hard-fought election campaign and a new PC government that passed Bill 47, repealing the many gains labour and community had won and cancelling the scheduled…

Dec
6

Ford government proposed changes to regulations put Ontarians in danger, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –  Many of the regulatory changes proposed today in Bill 66 compromise the health and safety of Ontarians, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. “From reclassifying employers so they can avoid hiring well-trained unionized workers for public infrastructure projects to increasing the number of children allowed in home-based daycare facilities Doug Ford is…

Dec
5

Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford on GM Oshawa

Dear Premier Ford, Premier, I write today amidst growing concern in my community. The recent announcement that General Motors plans to close the Oshawa assembly plant in 2019 has hit my community hard.  GM’s decision will have a devastating impact on GM workers, their families, and the city of Oshawa, but will also affect thousands…

Dec
1

Today’s actions in support of CUPW are a message to governments that quash Charter rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as concerned community members hold solidarity actions across the province against back-to-work legislation. “Back-to-work legislation is unconstitutional and an attack on our democratic rights. Canadians are rightfully concerned at the speed and ease with which our government has…

Nov
27

OFL condemns federal government use of back-to-work legislation in CUPW strike

(TORONTO, ON) By passing back-to-work legislation to end the strike by CUPW workers seeking fairer and safer working conditions, the federal government has undermined the constitutional rights of all Canadians. “The right to strike is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All Canadians should be concerned by the ease with which the government…